August 7, 2017 / 10:27 AM / 2 years ago

Germany dismisses reports that health card scheme is failing

BERLIN, Aug 7 (Reuters) - A spokeswoman for the German health ministry dismissed as “incorrect, unfounded and wrong” reports that a planned electronic healthcare card was due to be scrapped after a September elections.

Shares in IT service provider Compugroup Medical plunged on Monday following German news agency DPA’s weekend report that the card, for which Compugroup is developing part of the infrastructure, was to be shelved after 11 years of development and 1.7 billion euros in development costs.

“These reports are not correct, are unfounded and are wrong,” the spokeswoman told a news conference, adding that it would be “irresponsible” for individual insurers to introduce their own isolated schemes that would not interoperate with a planned countrywide system.

“We call on all involved to play an active part and make sure that insurers, pharmacists, hospitals, healthcare employees and the 70 million insured finally have a secure network for exchanging data,” she added. (Reporting By Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin)

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